Borrowed Poetry

Poets and other writers often use a quotation or line from someone else’s work to inspire them or provide a context for their own creations. Choose a line for one of your favorite poems and use it as a starting point for a poem of your own.

Film Study

Describe a movie you think is a fairly realistic depiction of your life, or the lives of people your age.

Alternatively, think of some movies that are aimed at your age group and explain how they are not realistic.

Do you have a preference? Do you think movies reflect who we are or who we want to be?

Group of Seven

Write an essay on one of the Group of Seven.

Find out what influenced the artist, and the effect his/her work has had on others. Include an assessment of one piece of his/her art.

The Quest for Identity

Many feature films contain protagonists who are faced with overwhelming questions relating to personal identity and one’s place in the world. Make a list of recent films that contain such a character. For each film, describe what questions of identity the character faced and explore how those questions were (or were not) resolved. Are there any general observations you can make about the way our culture regards the quest for identity?

The Romantics

Research the characteristics and major themes of the Romantic poets. Focus especially on how they felt about the city.

Write an essay exploring the secret of the good life? What obstacles stand in the way of a good life? Focus on one of these examples: